I have a few favorite natural places.
On the top of my list would be the Spring River in Arkansas near the towns of Mammoth Spring and Hardy. This photo shows one of the river wide limestone shelf waterfalls that typify the Spring River. There are so many species of fish in the Spring. It really is a fisherman's paradise. Unfortunately, it's also a recreational paddling paradise so it gets a bit too crazy on weekends during the summer.
|Kelly with a nice Shadow Bass (Ambloplites ariommus)|
Running a close second would be Cypress Creek in northwest Alabama in the town of Florence. This creek flows into Pickwick Lake, one of several impoundments of the Tennessee River that is known for producing trophy Smallmouth Bass. There's always a good fish hanging near this rock bluff in the picture, so Kelly and I usually fight to fish this piece of water. This was Kelly's first ever trip to Cypress Creek so I decided to be nice and gave her the first shot at it.
|Kelly wades into position, June 2009|
|My first trip to Cypress Creek, June 2007|
Last, but certainly not least, would be DeSoto State Park and the Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama. I've only fished at DSP and LRCNP once, but I can't wait to get back. I wrote an article on the area for Examiner.com that you can read by clicking here. The place doesn't look like your average bass creek. It looks a lot more like a typical large trout stream in southern Appalachia. There are some really nice big rocks... I like big rocks and bass. It's a nice combination.
|My first Largemouth Bass at LRCNP.|
Sorry, I couldn't pick just one favorite place. I hope that's alright.